Nine Earn USPTA Master Professional Distinction
Nine tennis professionals recently earned recognition as Master Professionals in the United States Professional Tennis Association, the highest professional rating within the tennis profession. They are:
- Lorenzo Beltrame, Windermere, Fla. - director of tennis and athletic mental training at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla.
- Holly Chomyn, Naples, Fla. - assistant coach of University of Delaware men’s and women’s tennis teams
- Jim Davies, Nairobi, Kenya - owner of J.D. Tennis Academy and groundbreaker for tennis in Kenya
- Todd Ellenbecker, Scottsdale, Ariz. - group/clinic director, national director of clinic research for Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic and director of medical services for the ATP tour
- Doug Eng, Medford, Mass. - head coach of Tufts University men’s tennis team and director of Tennis Academy at Harvard in Massachusetts
- Skip Johnson, Douglasville, Ga. - managing partner of the West Cobb and Chapel Hill, Ga., locations of Gold’s Gym
- Ajay Pant, Overland Park, Kan. - national tennis director for Tennis Corporation of America/Midtown Clubs and the general manager for Midtown Tennis Club in Overland Park, Kan.
- Hans Romer, Yarmouth, Maine - director of tennis at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth, Maine.
- Tommy Wade, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - director of tennis for the City of Decatur, Ala., and a teaching professional at Jimmy John’s Tennis Center.
Only about 1 percent of USPTA’s more than 15,000 members worldwide have achieved the Master Professional designation. The nine honorees were recognized today during the USPTA’s annual awards breakfast at the USPTA World Conference on Tennis at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa on Marco Island, Fla. Members must hold USPTA’s highest certification rating (Professional 1) for more than 10 years before becoming eligible for the Master Professional designation. Then, each must fulfill a broad spectrum of requirements, including making significant achievements in areas such as tennis teaching and coaching, business, education and volunteer work. “Becoming a Master Professional requires meeting a variety of personal and professional challenges,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. “Those who accomplish it acquire a set of skills that can set them apart in tennis operations and programming.” Biographies of the new USPTA Master Professionals follow.
Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 65 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call 800-877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com
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